Mar 072013
( United Nations  Department  of  Peacekeeping  Operations)

( United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations)

The  Philippine  Government  has  received  confirmation  from  the  United Nations  Department  of  Peacekeeping  Operations  that  21  Filipino peacekeepers  assigned  to  the  United  Nations  Disengagement  Observer Force  (UNDOF)  in  the  Golan  Heights  have  been  detained  by  an  armed group.

All Filipino peacekeepers are reported to be unharmed and that negotiations are underway to secure their safe release. The Government is likewise coordinating closely with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations on the matter.

The Philippine Government is calling for the immediate release of 21 Filipino peacekeepers who are part of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights.

“The main concern of the Philippine Government at this time is to ensure the safety and well-being of our peacekeepers. We wish to reiterate that UNDOF’s freedom of movement and safety and security must be respected by all parties in the area,” Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. del Rosario said.

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